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Resident Faculty

Anabelle Lunawat (Bella Academy, Director)

Mrs. Anabelle Lunawat (RTS) is a trained ballerina and highly qualified teacher by the Royal Academy of Dance in London and American Ballet Theatre of New York.

Mrs. Anabelle Lunawat is an American Ballet Theatre Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through Level 5 of the ABT National Training Curriculum. She is also qualified to enter students for RAD London examinations upto the highest level, from Pre-Primary until Advanced 2. Anabelle has passed all R.A.D. examinations with Distinction.

She has also taken the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (I.S.T.D) Modern dance examinations, and has received the Bronze, Silver, and Gold Jazz Awards with Honors.

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Marina Perini (Ballet Instructor)

An Italian professional classical ballet teacher with a background of training at the Royal Academy of Dance, London, and the Vaganova methods. Marina Perini has over 30 years of experience in teaching and joined Bella Academy in July 2016.

Lisa Edwards (Pilates Movement Therapist)

Lisa began her training at the age of 5 in her hometown of Dubbo. After graduating from the Australian Ballet School in 1999 with an Advanced Diploma of Dance Lisa moved to Europe and danced with The Stadttheater St Gallen Switzerland, Anhaltishches Theater Dessau, and Koblenz Stadttheater in Germany. Touring throughout Europe and Cuba.

In 2004 Lisa moved back to Australia and joined the Queensland Ballet. Lisa was promoted to Soloist in 2013 and Senior Soloist in 2016. During her time with QB Lisa performed many Principal and Soloist roles locally and internationally, was named dancer to watch, and was the recipient of 2016 Dream Festival artist of the year. Lisa has played an active part in teaching in QB’s Education programs and also obtained her Diploma of Pilates movement therapy in 2017. Lisa retired from the stage at the end of 2018 after an 18-year career.

Anna Chirico (Stretch & Flow Coach)

Qualification :

1st Year Training in ballet with Russian Technique

RAD Advanced 1 diploma 2021

RAD Teaching Course 2002

PineappleDance school of Jazz & Musical 2003

New York City Ballet’s Educational Programs 2006

Triniti LabanContemporaryy Academy 2009

Stretch flow technique of Vegaova school, St Peterburg 2010

Stretch Flow trainer Diploma, Vaganova school, St Peterburg 2012

Stretch Flow Master Trainers Diploma, Vaganova school, St Peterburg 2013and teaching trainer

2014 till now Professional Stretch flow teacher in many ballet Schools

Louise Drysdale (Dance Physiotherapist)

B.Phty, Grad Cert Msk Phty, MMedRes

Louise is a physiotherapist to Queensland Ballet and Queensland Ballet Academy, as well as other touring performances and dancers of all ages and levels. Louise has also worked in musculoskeletal private practice for eight years and has a specific interest in prevention, early diagnosis and rehabilitation of bone stress injuries.

Louise holds a Bachelor of Physiotherapy (University of Queensland), Graduate Certificate in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy (LaTrobe, Melbourne) and is a Masters of Medical Research Candidate (Griffith University), where her research passion is bone health in classical ballet dancers.

She is a member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association, the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science and the Australian Society for Performing Arts Healthcare.

Guest Faculty

Amanda Paterson (Affiliate Teacher and Examiner for American Ballet Theatre® National Training Curriculum)

Affiliate Teacher and Examiner for American Ballet Theatre® National Training Curriculum,. Amanda Paterson received her early training at the Oakville School of Dance and later graduated from Canada’s National Ballet School’s full-time Professional Training Programme. While at NBS, she studied with esteemed teachers such as Eric Bruhn, Betty Oliphant, Glenn Gilmour, Lyn Wallis, Daniel Sellier, and Carole Chadwick.

Paterson has performed with the National Ballet of Canada, Ballet Nacional de Cuba, and the Elizabeth Paterson Dance Company.

As Artistic Director of Oakville School of Classical Ballet, Paterson has produced over 80 productions at the Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts, including a full-length Nutcracker for the past 20 years.

Her vision for Oakville Ballet is to produce 3-4 productions each season, featuring the students from the Oakville School of Classical Ballet and invited guest artists.

Skylar Brandt (ABT Principal Dancer)

Skylar Brandt was born in Purchase, New York, and began her training at age six with teachers Diana White and Christian Claessens at Scarsdale Ballet Studio.

Brandt joined ABT II (now ABT Studio Company) in 2009, became an apprentice with the main Company in November 2010, and joined the corps de ballet in June 2011. She was appointed a Soloist in August 2015 and a Principal Dancer in September 2020.

Maria Khoreva (First Soloist with Mariinsky Ballet in St. Petersburg, Russia)

Born in St Petersburg. Graduated from the Vaganova Ballet Academy (class of Professor Lyudmila Kovaleva) and joined the Mariinsky Ballet in 2018.

Emily Koschyk (Royal Academy of Dance, Examiner)

Emily trained at London College of Dance and Drama in Bedford and graduated with Distinction in Teaching Studies. In 1988 she moved to Germany and taught in various schools around the country before opening her own school in 1998. At this time, she also led a full-time teacher training programme, from which many young teachers successfully graduated. In 2020 Emily relocated back to the south of England and now teaches on a freelance basis. She conducts workshops and teaches at various summer schools in Europe. Since its inception in 2004, Emily has been a tutor for a number of modules of the Royal Academy of Dance CBTS and also tutors on the PDPTC Programme based in Berlin. She is an examiner and CPD tutor for all levels from Pre-Primary to Advanced 2 and travels extensively in these roles.